How to Charge a Wireless Mouse?

Charging magic mouse
You can charge a wireless mouse using USB cables, docks and mousepads.

A quality wireless mouse will stop working when the batteries are depleted, but not all mice are smart enough to tell.

Running your wireless mouse on depleted batteries may pose many problems, including nagging and unresponsiveness.

Therefore, keeping track of the wireless mouse’s activities and battery levels becomes essential.

Charge your wireless mouse, such as Magic, Logitech, and Razer, by plugging in the USB cable; otherwise, you can use the manufacturer-provided charging dock or the wireless charging station (mousepad).

Charging a wireless mouse
You can charge your wireless mouse using USB cables, docks, or mousepads.

The modern wireless mouse usually has features to charge without removing the batteries, but the same cannot be said about older or cheaper models.

Read on to find out how to check battery status and charge different wireless mice.

Does a Wireless Mouse Need Charging?

It would come down to the wireless mouse brand, type of batteries, and intensive usage.

Your wireless mouse would not need charging unless you use a wireless mouse without rechargeable batteries or other charging capabilities.

However, remember that wireless mouse batteries would last anywhere from a month to several months or even years on a single AA battery.

For instance, regular wireless mouse batteries intended for office work would last longer than gaming mice because of less intensive use.

You can tell if your wireless mouse needs charging by assessing the battery status in the mice’s software or Bluetooth device settings.

Magic Keyboard
Do not charge your wireless mouse overnight.

If you are wondering, you may not need to charge your wireless peripheral every night, nor should you overcharge it.

A Redditor points out that the two essential things that hurt the battery are overcharging (above 95%) or leaving it completely drained.

The safest practice is to use the mouse until it is down to 10% and charge it again.

If your wireless mouse only uses replaceable batteries, you can use it until all the battery juices are drained.

How to Charge a Wireless Mouse?

Most wireless mice are seamless, where you can plug one end into an electric socket or USB pocket of a PC or laptop and another end into the mouse to charge it instantly.

However, some newer wireless mouse models may also offer unique charging options, including wireless charging.

Let us look at how different wireless mice can be charged.

1. Use a USB Charging Cable

A chargeable wireless mouse often comes with a USB power socket port, where you can plug one end with micro-USB to the mouse and the USB to the USB port in the PC or laptop.

The process resembles charging a smartphone by plugging the USB cable into the PC or laptop; however, the duration to charge the peripheral may depend on the device and fast charging.

Magic mouse
Magic mouse batteries may last longer and charge slightly faster than other mice.

You can charge Magic Mouse 2 devices in as little as two hours, while quick two-minute charging is enough to power for nine hours.

Similarly, the Razer Basilisk wireless mouse may take about two hours to charge fully, while slightly cheaper wireless mice may take anywhere from two to three hours to charge fully.

Most manufacturers provide a socket with a USB plug so you can connect it to the socket and charge directly to the alternative current line.

2. Use Wireless Charging Dock

A wireless charging dock is a remote docking station designed to charge a wireless mouse.

The mouse can be attached using a disk that latches onto the docking station and begins charging.

Instead of plugging the charging USB directly into the mouse, you would plug it into the docking station and latch your mouse over it.

However, the dock should be compatible with the wireless mouse, requiring you to buy the brand-certified charging dock for your wireless mouse.

Here are a few recommendations.

DockSpecificationImage
Soarking Charging Dock for LogitechCompatible with G Pro X Superlight,G502 Lightspeed, G703, G903 Lightspeed and G PRO Wireless Gaming Mice
Razer Mouse Charging DockMagnetic dock with charge status RGB lighting appropriate for RAZER mouse
Razer Basilisk Charging DockUp to 100 Hour Battery Life with hyper-efficient sensor and wireless technology

3. Use Wireless Charging Mousepad

The wireless charging mousepad works as both the mousepad and charging station.

The mousepad is installed with a built-in Powerplay wireless charging technology that charges the mouse with electromagnetic resonance.

It creates an energy field above the mousepad when plugged in that your wireless mouse takes in.

charging wireless mouse using a mousepad
You can charge your wireless mouse using a mousepad.

Interestingly, you can charge your mouse while using it, which reduces lag time. However, you can only use a dedicated charging mousepad for each mouse brand.

Moreover, you cannot charge other peripherals or devices on the wireless charging pad unless the manufacturer advises.

How to Check Battery Life of Wireless Mouse?

Checking the battery status of your wireless mouse is pretty straightforward.

Monitoring battery life will help you keep track of your device’s performance and the amount of power it consumes to prevent the batteries from depleting.

Here is how you can assess the wireless mouse’s battery life.

On Windows 10

Here is how you can monitor the wireless mouse’s battery life on Windows PC.

  • Click on Windows Key and tap on the SETTINGS icon.
  • Look up DEVICES and click on BLUETOOTH & OTHER DEVICES.
  • Your wireless mouse is listed under the “Mouse, keyboard, & pen” section.
  • Check the battery icon to assess the battery level.

On iMac and Mac Devices

Here is how you can monitor a wireless mouse’s battery life on a mac or iMac.

  • Initiate the CONTROL CENTER (in macOS Catalina or later) and choose BLUETOOTH.
  • All the connected devices will be listed along with their current battery level as graphics and a numeric percentage.

Alternatively, you can use the dedicated software provided by the wireless mouse manufacturer to assess the device’s battery life.

KeyboardBattery Status
RazerCheck the battery indicator color to determine the battery status. Green indicates charged, yellow indicates low, and red indicates depleted.
LogitechOpen the built-in Logitech device software on your PC or laptop and check the dashboard to find the battery status.
CorsairUse Corsair's software Icue to assess the device's battery health. Go to Settings > Devices to find the wireless keyboard.
SteelSeries RivalThe scroll wheel will indicate
Flashing every 5 min (10 hours of use left)
Flashing every 2 min (5 hours of use left)
Flashing every min (2 hours of use left)

Should my Wireless Mouse be Turned On/Off while Charging?

Interestingly, you need not switch off your wireless mouse when charging.

The device will go into sleep mode due to inactivity, which means it will use only a bit of power.

Apple recommends its users keep their Magic Mouse device switched on when connecting a Lighting to the USB cable to expedite the charging process.

Charging magic mouse
Charging the magic mouse does not require switching off the mouse.

However, some manufacturers recommend switching off the device when charging for optimal results, especially RAZER mouse.

Similarly, you can switch it off if you are charging it overnight and keeping it away afterward.

How to Improve the Battery Life of a Wireless Mouse?

You should always look to improve or extend your wireless mouse’s battery life so you can use it longer.

Here are a few tips that may help improve the battery life without needing to replace it sooner.

  • Turn the Device When Not Using: Turn off your wireless mouse when not using, including during inactivity or nighttime, which prevents the continued use of Bluetooth that registers even slight movements.
  • Use Keyboard More Often: You can cut down the mouse use by switching to the keyboard for shortcuts such as selecting, copying, pasting, changing the browser screen, etc.
  • Keep the Device Close to the PC: Keeping the wireless mouse closer to the PC or laptop will shorten the distance and reduce the battery life strain.
  • Keep Away From Metal Objects: Wireless devices such as wireless mice should be kept farther from electrical appliances, including smartphones and speakers, to reduce interferences and strain on the device.
  • Use Light-Colored Mousepad: Using a wireless mouse on a dark surface tends to drain the battery faster, but a light-colored surface will keep the strain minimal.
Wireless mouse and laptops
Keep your wireless mouse near laptops or PC to extend the mouse’s battery life.

Final Verdict

A wireless mouse battery would last anywhere from two to five years, depending on the brand and usage.

You can extend the life of your wireless mouse’s battery by monitoring and optimizing its usage.

Moreover, how often you recharge your wireless mouse will significantly affect its battery’s life and productivity.

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